The thread on which restaurant you patronize most makes me think of the "three modes of dining" that Jim Leff outlined in a report from his Chow Tour (http://www.chow.com/tour/106 ):
1. Going to a known place (for many, this means a chain) or a place you’ve been guided to
2. Taking a random stab and hoping for the best
3. Chowconnaissance, whereby an area is methodically gauged and charted via herculean onslaught in an afternoon or two
For non-chowhounds, those options appear in declining order of appeal. Familiarity is paramount, going off the map is worrisome, and the sampling of multiple places in quick succession is completely daft.
For chowhounds, it’s the opposite. Familiarity is boring, trying someplace new is exciting, and massive exploration is … well, the most rewarding pastime one could imagine.
What new, unknown places have local 'hounds tried? Or seen and want to try? What was good there? Which places left you wanting more? What's the next place that you want to check out?